If there were any justice in the world, when you looked up the word `raconteur' in the dictionary, there'd be a picture of Groucho Marx.
While Groucho certainly used physical comedy in his films, it was his ability to tell stories, and interact humorously with his guests, that turned him into a huge hit on radio, and then on television.
In future blogs, we'll take a look at the Marx Brothers, and Groucho's radio and Television career, but today we have something very special: Groucho's (almost) one-man show recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1972.
Groucho was 81 when he recorded this show, which was released as a two-album set in the early 1970's. You wouldn't know that by his delivery.
Introduced by Dick Cavett, and with piano accompaniment by no less than Marvin Hamlisch, Groucho regales an adoring audience with dozens of anecdotes about his career in show business, and delivers a few songs as well.
You can download the entire collection HERE in zip format, with extras like jpg photos of Groucho, and four extra audio files.
The individual cuts from the album are available on the Internet Archive.